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Three Dogmas of Postindustrialism

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 22, 2015. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
Meeting Description: 

Angus Burgin, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

During the early 1950s, a broad range of publications observed that the American economy was undergoing a “Second Industrial Revolution:” much as its predecessor had been defined by the transition from agriculture to industry, this incipient revolution would be marked by the relative decline of manufacturing employment and the continued growth of “services.” This paper explores the initial debates among a handful of actors who assessed the implications of this epochal shift. By exploring the hopes and anxieties associated with the earliest prospects of postindustrialism, Professor Burgin also provides an occasion to discuss the relationship between the circulation of ideas and the new history of capitalism.